It’s late and you find yourself walking down a street that you know is not the best at this hour. To your great misfortune, in a flash you are confronted with a gun to your head. The gunman demands for your money, cell phone, all of your other belongings, including your keys. You hesitate and the gunman, becoming more aggravated with your delay, states do as he demands or he will shoot. It’s your choice, you have the freedom choose either option. So what would or should you do?
Is this analogous to our choice in choosing to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior? It does seem that Jesus is saying, follow me or choose to burn in Hell for eternity. It’s your choice. Okay I admit, I have free will to choose, but how free am I? Is that free will or coercion? If this is the case, then golly, thanks! What choice is that? This doesn’t seem quite fair, not even close to a bargain! However, this is not the case at all. Let me explain.
We all have an option. We could either choose to follow Christ or not to. God has given us that free choice, coined as free will. And in the end we can either enter the kingdom of God (heaven) or not (hell). Let’s look deeper at our choice and its implications.
Suppose a person is either an atheist or Christian. Obviously the atheist has chosen not to follow Jesus Christ. In that they, upon death they are condemned, sent to hell, a place void of God. The Christian has chosen to follow Jesus and upon death, has life entering the kingdom for which is full of God. Hence, both parties in their freedom to choose have obtained exactly what both craved and longed for while in this life.
So in the end God grants us exactly what we have wished for, and that sounds like one heck of a bargain.